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Press Release: Sweden partners with UN Women and ILO to Promote Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), a long-standing partner of UN Women, announced a significant contribution of 70 million Swedish Krona (USD $7.64 million) to a regional programme on “Promoting Productive Employment and Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Jordan and Palestine”. The programme seeks to support women to benefit from opportunities for better jobs, security at workplaces, equal access to professional development, social protection for families... More

#Ismaani – A Hashtag for Women from the Arab States

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence , the United Nations Regional Gender Theme Group in the Arab States region launched #Ismaani, the Arabic language version of #HearMeToo, which was the official global hashtag for the 2018 16 days campaign, spearheaded by the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres. The purpose of #Ismaani is to galvanise women and men from the region to shine a spotlight on cases of sexual harassment and abuse and call for... More

The African Union Ministers Responsible for Gender and Women’s Affairs Gathered in Cairo to Agree on the African Common Position for the Upcoming 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cairo, 5 February 2019 – Representatives from the African Union (AU) Member States and Civil Society Organizations are convening for the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) taking place 5 and 6 February in Cairo, Egypt. Hosted by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and organized under the auspices of the African Union  Commission (AUC)  in partnership with  the United Nations Entity for... More

The African Union Calls Representatives from Its Member States to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Over 300 representatives from the African Union Member States came together to participate in the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) held in Cairo, Egypt, on 5 February 2019. Convened under the auspices of the African Union with the support of UN Women, the objective of the Africa ministerial pre-consultative meeting was to draw on the expertise of high-level representatives from governments in the region... More

Take action to eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Mary Oloiparuni was 13 when she was mutilated. Restrained in a doorway early one morning in her home, she was cut, bled profusely and experienced agonizing pain. The scarring she endured then continues to cause her pain today, 19 years later. It has made giving birth to each of her five children an excruciating and harrowing experience. Mary is not alone. At least 200 million girls and women alive today have had their genitals mutilated – suffering one of the most inhuman acts of... More

Acclaimed star Yousra lends her voice to raise awareness about women living with HIV in the Arab States region.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

On the occasion of the 2018 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence in the Arab States region, acclaimed star and UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassador Yousra joined a kick-off ceremony organized by the League of Arab States and the Regional United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cairo, Egypt. At the event, Yousra raised her voice against the stigma and discrimination affecting people and particularly women living with HIV/AIDS in the Arab States region.  Yousra also spoke to... More

Governments and Civil Society Representatives from The Arab States Region Come Together to Prepare for the 63rd Commission on The Status of Women

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Participants in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63 rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Photo: UN Women Representatives from 19 Arab States governments and the international community have gathered from across the region to participate in the Arab regional preparatory meeting for the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) that took place in Cairo, Egypt on 4 February 2019. Held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, with... More

Case study (number two) on the Regional Programme Men and Women for Gender Equality, implemented by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, funded by Sida

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

There have been significant advances for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region although much more remains to be achieved. Gender discriminatory laws and policies are still in place in many countries and men frequently control political and leadership spaces and to a large extent the daily lives of women and girls. Religion provides many men and women in the MENA region with a moral and ethical framework, and rules on how to live a good live. However, gender... More

Case study (number one) on the Regional Programme Men and Women for Gender Equality, implemented by UN Women Regional Office for Arab States, funded by Sida

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Adnan, a Lebanese father supporting gender equality. From a documentary film produced under the Men and Women for Gender Equality Programme. Photo credit: UN Women/Axeer Production There have been significant advances for gender equality in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region although much more remains to be achieved. Gender discriminatory laws and policies are still in place in many countries and men frequently control political and leadership spaces and to a large extent the... More

Launching Implementation of Jordan National Action Plan (Jonap) on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, A Regional Conference

Monday, February 4, 2019

When: Wednesday, 6 February, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Thursday, 7 February, 10.00am – 3.30pm.   Where: King Hussein bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan Held under the esteemed patronage of the Prime Minister of Jordan, H.E. Dr. Omar Razzaz, the Government of Jordan - in partnership with UN Women and with the generous support of the Governments of the Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain, and United Kingdom – is convening a regional conference to discuss critical issues... More

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Saida’s Old City

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Activities with young children on gender socialization. Photo Credit: Mohammad Chaafati Amid the narrow, winding rust-colored stone streets of the old city of Saida, on southern Lebanon’s coast, change is afoot. Here in the core of this major Lebanese city, where Palestinian refugees and Lebanese locals live together as one community, prevailing tightly-controlled gender roles and attitudes are being challenged with the help of Abnaa Saida El Balad, a youth-focused NGO in the city... More

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls More

Press Release: Government of Finland, UN Women Renew Partnership to Advance The Women, Peace and Security Agenda in The Arab Region

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

UN Women and the Government of Finland will continue their partnership to advance the role of women in the peace and security agenda in the Arab region. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim. Cairo, Egypt . The Government of Finland and UN Women announced today continued support of its ongoing partnership for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) in the Arab region. Through a contribution of EUR 3,900,000, this additional support will oversee and support the effective... More

Challenging gender stereotypes through sport in Egypt

Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Cairo SheWolves is one of the first all-women American football teams in Egypt. Photo: Courtesy of the Cairo Wolves. Gender norms and stereotypes prevail throughout Egypt, even in its bustling capital Cairo. It’s here that a novel project, an all-women American football team— is challenging gender norms in sport. Speaking to UN Women about the Cairo SheWolves, Ziad Gaafar Mohammed, coach of the women’s American football team in Cairo’s Dokki and Mohandeseen... More

In the words of Nur Omar: “I’ve healed the wounds of war and feel more confident about my future”

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Originally published on UN Women Europe and Central Asia’s website.   The SADA Women Empowerment and Solidarity Centre provides livelihood skills and psycho-social support and referral services to refugees like Nur Omar *  and local women in Gaziantep, Turkey. Set-up by UN Women, the Centre helps women like Nur Omar learn new skills and start a brighter future. It is run in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Association for Solidarity with... More

From where I stand: “Yanouh cooperative increased my income and freedom of movement”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

After some resistance from her husband, Ibtissam Jaber joined Yanouh cooperative in rural South Lebanon. Jaber, a mother of seven, loves producing traditional agro-foods and believes in the importance of contributing to her household’s income. By selling her products at food exhibitions across the country, she has now transitioned from being a small-scale producer to a profitable entrepreneur. More

North Africa Dialogue on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Participants of the North Africa Dialogue on Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim Currently, more than 200 million girls and women worldwide have experienced Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) and more than 650 million women were married as children. These harmful practices are rooted in unequal gender norms and practices and are grave violations of fundamental human rights. In the MENA region, one in five girls is married before the... More

Engaging girls and boys to achieve gender equality in Northern Morocco

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Training on gender equality conducted by the Association Mhashass Pour le Développement Humain at a high school in Larache province, Morocco. Photo: Courtesy of Association Mhashass. In northern Morocco, certain areas of Larache province experience severe social problems such as poverty, drug use, and widespread and entrenched gender discrimination. The situation in these neighborhoods might be bleak were it not for the efforts of local organizations like Association Mhashass Pour... More

Youth mark ‘International Migrants Day’ in Cairo

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Audience members watched the short film “Deal” as part of the IOM Global Migration Film Festival. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim In the lead up to the 2018 International Migrants Day, UN Women Regional Office for the Arab States in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Egypt organized the screening of the short film “Deal” as part of IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival in Cairo. Marked each year on 18 December, International... More

Reclaiming gender equality in Islam

Monday, December 17, 2018

Sarah Marsso, Knowledge Building Coordinator at Musawah. Photo: UN Women/Emad Karim A number of restrictive laws in the Arab States region exacerbate challenges to the promotion and protection of women’s fundamental human rights. In response to this situation, Musawah , a women’s organization working to support equality and justice in Muslim families, is pushing back against the ways in which religion is sometimes misused to justify discrimination against women. The group is... More

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